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S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller reports from Capitol Hill on politics, policy and political campaigns for The Washington Times. He can be contacted at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by S.A. Miller

No apologies: House Budget Committee member Tom Cole defends GOP spending by saying, "Republicans believe in low taxes and less regulation. I think that's why God made Republicans." (Associated Press)

House Republicans adding to debt as balanced budget commitment wavers

After initial success in cutting federal spending and reducing deficits, House Republicans have drifted into the red with a series of tax measures and spending bills that are not offset — either adding to the pile of debt or hiding the costs with accounting gimmicks. Published August 5, 2014

White House press secretary Josh Earnest says that Congress should take the necessary steps to close the loopholes that American companies use to move their headquarters overseas as a way to avoid paying corporate taxes. (associated press)

Obama may use executive action on tax code

Under growing pressure from some Senate Democrats, the White House on Tuesday left open the possibility President Obama will use executive authority to reform the nation's tax code. Published August 5, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is from Kentucky, but a Democratic operative apparently thinks wife Elaine Chao is not. (Associated Press)

Mitch McConnell's wife fights 'war on women' in Senate race

Just days after a Democratic strategist embarrassed the party with racially charged tweets about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's wife, the Kentucky senator is blanketing the state with a radio ad that features his spouse. Published August 5, 2014

FILE - This June 25, 2014, file photo shows a group of  immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. The influx at the border is largely families with children or by minors traveling alone. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

House Democrats hit GOP on border bill

House Democrats on Monday launched a Spanish-language web ad attacking Republicans for passing a border bills that it says ignores a humanitarian crisis on the border in favor of deporting children. Published August 4, 2014

** FILE ** In this May 27, 2014, file photo, Donald Trump speaks at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Donald Trump: Fight Ebola at the border

Billionaire celebrity Donald Trump on Monday called for the United States to seal itself off from a possible Ebola virus epidemic, denying Americans infected with the deadly disease and all travelers from West Africa entry into the United States. Published August 4, 2014

Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, walks past reporters following a closed-door meeting of House Republicans on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, to discuss the border crisis. House Republicans expressed optimism that a revised, $694 million bill addressing the surge of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border would win over reluctant conservatives and give a divided GOP a political win. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP resurrects border bill, predicts successful Friday vote

House Republicans resurrected their border bill Friday morning and said they were on track to pass the rewritten measure later in the day — though with the Senate gone for the summer the vote will be more a political statement than a policy-making exercise. Published August 1, 2014

A stuffed bear and children's book sit on a child's bed the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Federal officials gave a tour of the South Texas immigration detention facility that has been retooled to house adults with children who have been apprehended at the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Congress leaves Obama holding the burden of border children

In a last gasp of futility, the House and Senate failed to get their border bills passed Thursday, and lawmakers heading into a five-week recess are leaving President Obama with no extra funding and no additional powers to grapple with a surge of children in the U.S. illegally. Published July 31, 2014

Lawmakers rattled by Syria genocide horrors, call on Obama to act

A Syrian defector pleaded before a House panel Thursday for U.S. help fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, as he presented gruesome photographs of emaciated and mutilated dead bodies that he said were victims of torture and murder in the regime's prisons. Published July 31, 2014

Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Sen. John Thune aims at union corruption

A top Senate Republican is introducing legislation Wednesday that would restore financial transparency rules for labor unions that President Obama nixed shortly after taking office in 2009, The Washington Times has learned. Published July 30, 2014

displaced: Detainees play while others sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. Such installations have handled more than 47,000 unaccompanied alien children. (Associated Press)

Obama mum on where illegal immigrant children are sheltered

The Obama administration is concealing key details about its response to the surge of unaccompanied children illegally crossing the southern border, including where the unaccompanied minors are being sheltered and the circumstances under which some are set free inside the U.S. Published July 29, 2014